The teams with the deepest quarterback contests are often the weakest at the top of the depth chart. Such is the reality of the college football landscape, where players are free to transition without missing a season.

Transfers tend to schools with no obvious starter.

Teams used to try to hoard four grantee quarterbacks to protect themselves from injury, and younger quarterbacks served as understudies before taking on larger roles in future seasons.

Now, however, the rate of player transfers makes it a challenge for teams to amass even three scholarship quarterbacks. This is especially true in programs where talent clearly outperforms the competition and the path to entry-level employment is narrower.

Seen through that lens, it’s a bit of an endorsement for Tennessee’s 2023 season that quarterback Tayven Jackson made the move to Indiana this month rather than face a chance to finish third on a depth chart that included senior Joe Milton and five- Stars include newcomer Nico Iamaleava.

In this issue of The Volunteer State Blake Topmeyer the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel’s Adam Sparks and John Adams Unwrap Jackson’s transfer and what it means for the Vols.

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